The Story of Jesus and the Beginnings of the Church: A Valuation of the Synoptic Record for History and for Religion

The Story of Jesus and the Beginnings of the Church: A Valuation of the Synoptic Record for History and for Religion

The Story of Jesus and the Beginnings of the Church: A Valuation of the Synoptic Record for History and for Religion

The Story of Jesus and the Beginnings of the Church: A Valuation of the Synoptic Record for History and for Religion

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The eight lectures herewith presented to the public were originally prepared for delivery to a summer conference of ministers of the Maritime Provinces, held in 1923 at Mount Alison University, N. B., Canada. This determines their general character and scope, for it was the request of the Directors of the Conference that they should be simple in style, and cover a wide field of New Testament study. Consequently the subject was made to cover the entire historical basis of Christianity antecedent to the conversion of Paul, and the presentation was made in the simple form of affirmation rather than argument, setting forth not so much processes as results.

In 1924 the lectures were thoroughly revised and rewritten for presentation at The Pacific School of Religion, at Berkeley, Cal. on the Earle Foundation, and in 1926 a third revision was made, less drastic in character, adapting them for delivery at the Lutheran Summer School of Theology held at Lancaster, Penn. None of these institutions are in any manner responsible for the opinions expressed, which are the author's own, but it is to him a pleasant memory to re-

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